“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Growing up, I wanted to be either Miss America or Carol Burnett. So when I was old enough to realize that neither was going to happen, I found myself questioning "what am I going to do for the rest of my life?". Feeling overwhlemed by the possibiities, and being in my junior year of college, I started therapy for the first time. Therapy was a life changing experience for me in a variety of ways. Not only did I learn tools to deal with the challenges that come in life, but I had learned them from a loving, warm, funny, therapist, who was genuine and real in session. She didn't just nod and ask me how I felt, or have a timer go off and stop me mid-sentence. She cared. I could feel it. I remember thinking that if I could do for others what she had done for me, that there could be no career more rewarding.
I graduated with my Masters in Social Work in 2006 from Fordham University. Since then, I have worked in a variety of settings over the past 14+ years (public and private schools grades K-12, an agency seeing individual clients and facilitating groups, a college counselor, and private practice), Each position posed new challenges, different populations, and allowed me to grow and learn. In 2013, I decided to specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and became a Diplomate in The Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2015. In addition, I completed training in Eye Movement Desensatization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2017. Both modalities have had profound effects on clients I have worked with (see individual pages to read more about CBT and EMDR). I am a member of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and work closely with women and couples who are having diffculty conceiving. In addition to fertility issues, my areas of expertise include: generalized anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention defecit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parenting issues, depression, substance use, decison making, self-esteem, and life transitions.
Being a psychotherapist has been more fulfilling and meaningful than I could have ever imagined, There is no greater privilege than to be trusted with intimate details of one's life and to assist and witness their change. I look forward to hearing from you to help achieve your goals.